The Plant Store will re-open for sales the week of May 13th, 2024 for local pickup

  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.
  • I'm currently working on shifting the store part of this site over to more complex software that will allow for filtering by multiple plant traits and making wish lists of species you would like to order, so please bear with me when it comes to announcing the exact species offerings for 2024 (there will be lots, including some species not previously offered).

Solidago caesia, Blue Stem Goldenrod

Solidago caesia 

Blue Stem Goldenrod

  • Partial to full shade
  • Average to dry soils
  • Roughly 3' in height and spread
  • Mid to Late Fall Blooms
  • Well adapted to garden, woodland and forest settings.

The latest blooming of the goldenrods in the spaces I work with, this one is a true forest ecosystem plant, happily growing under a mixed species canopy among sedges and ferns. They have an open, airy form and smooth leaves and stems. Visually, I find them to be distinct enough from their meadow adapted relatives that I suspect that you could sneak them into even an anti-Goldenrod gardener’s space without causing alarm. Of course, I’m not actually suggesting that you sneak into other people’s gardens and plant native species 😉.

They grow to around 3’ tall and will form a loose clump of a similar width. As a late blooming species, their foliage remains full and green through the summer. They thrive in dappled shade and average soil conditions and are as popular with pollinators as the rest of the Goldenrod family, with the added advantage of blooming after a lot of other pollen and nectar sources have mostly faded away for the year.

I encountered the forest patch in these photos a couple of autumns ago and have been able to collect a few puffs of seed from the patch the last two autumns. Because they can bloom so late, the fact that the tree canopy protects them from the first couple of autumn frosts is the only reason that the seeds have been able to fully mature before the first freeze.

Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality